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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (80 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Henry Leyva Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781619698215
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Never before collected in one volume, here are Pete Hamill’s stories about Brooklyn, the borough in which he was born and grew up, and the one closest to his heart.

A young boy with a mysterious past forever transforms the lives of the neighborhood toughs. A man returns to his old haunts to avenge the death of his brother. A couple chooses to embrace their memories of a bygone era rather than live in a diminished future.

These are stories of a New York almost lost but not forgotten. They read like messages from a vanished age, brimming over with nostalgia (which Hamill has called the most common New York emotion), for the world after the war, the city before heroin and crack, the days of the Dodgers and Giants, even, for some, the world of the Depression.

Full of pieces that have been unavailable for years, this collection is classic Hamill and a must-read for his fans, those who love New York, and anyone who seeks to understand the world today through the lens of the world that once was.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An enchanting…anthology.”

    New York Times

  • “Lost treasures from a time gone by, brimming with affection for old New York.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With The Christmas Kid, Hamill cements his place as one of the greatest American writers who ever lived.”

    Bookreporter.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Relyn | 2/20/2014

    " Oh man can Pete Hamill right. He can evoke a sense of place and time as well as any author I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miki | 2/16/2014

    " Although I was really looking for a holiday book, and this certainly was not one, I absolutely loved this collection of short stories. I was transported into post war Brooklyn so easily by Heller, I actually felt like I had actually lived in this time and in this place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 2/14/2014

    " New York nostalgia...Pete Hamill at his best! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katarzyna | 2/10/2014

    " A nice collection of short stories centering around Christmas time in Brooklyn. As a former Brooklynian, I find myself in a fog of nostalgia as the author describes the old, post war streets and train stations. An absolutely perfect read for this time of year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Gardner | 1/27/2014

    " What a wonderful read! As a southerner I was someone hesitant to read a book about Brooklyn stories! I am grateful that I overcame my geographical snobbiness and read about a northerner! As I was rewarded with wonderfully nostalgic stories that are well written, easy to get caught up in, and heartwarming to boot. I encourage you to curl up with a plate of cookies in front of the fire and enjoy an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/25/2014

    " I like the way Pete Hamill writes. And I will read more of his work. But this one is so dark and without hope. I hope he has some joyous stories about New York. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ray | 1/24/2014

    " Loved it. It reminds me that I have to read every book Hamill wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 deb | 1/3/2014

    " Only read about half because I was enticed by the old school New York theme, but the stories were heavy handed and short so let this one go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 McLaren Brennan | 12/28/2013

    " The first of Hamill's that I've read. I think I would have preferred a book before I read the short storues. I liked them, but had a hard time enjoying them, if that makes any sense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/27/2013

    " Great stories about life in the city and just old times as we remember them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/26/2013

    " Rather short short stories, but enjoyable nonetheless. Getting to know my new borough through some local authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 10/29/2013

    " Love Pete Hamill. Love his stories. Love New York. 'Nuff said . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kae Larsen | 8/2/2013

    " It was dark and depressing (which I try to stay away from).. but for whatever reason I loved this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiaran Johnson-Lew | 7/9/2013

    " Pete could write a grocery list and it would be beautiful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 6/21/2013

    " No, it's not a Christmas book & yay for that. Enjoyable stories, no, not all warm & fuzzy, but good characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara A. | 4/6/2013

    " Hamill grew up in my neighborhood-the South Slope. I've been here nearly 40 years so these stories seem particularly vivid, resonate, and true. Affecting memorable and meaning-rich. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 2/15/2013

    " Good quick read. I don't usually enjoy short stories but these were good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz Feick | 1/28/2013

    " If you like nostalgia, you will probably like these stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/19/2013

    " I thought by the title it would be a more holiday oriented book. A collection of many short, short stories. I struggled to get through it. Kind of a downer book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurene | 12/23/2012

    " Thought the collection of short stories was going to be Christmas based due to the title of the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find thought provoking short stories instead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tsgarp77 | 12/19/2012

    " I love Pete Hamill. I appreciate his NY stories so much & also as a Catholic, his view of his Jewish neighbors & neighborhood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 12/4/2012

    " I liked some of the stories. Some of them I felt like they weren't finished. I guess I was supposed to make my own ending but I was like "what"? Although I have read some of Mr. Hamill"s novels and liked them a lot, this is not my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Digit | 10/30/2012

    " Some of the stories were stark and poignant, some were a little silly, but they all will be remembered for a good while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Holland | 10/22/2012

    " Pete Hamill never disappoints me. This collection of short stories (which I typically don't enjoy) exceeded my expectations. Brief bursts of life in Brooklyn introduce the reader to a whole host of characters - good, bad & ugly. "

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About the Author
Author Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He writes a column for the New York Daily News and lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Henry Leyva is a classically trained actor with extensive work in theater, television, film, and radio. He has appeared off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country in many plays, including Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew, and Street Car Named Desire. He has also performed in audio dramas for the Syfy Channel and National Public Radio. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.